Our Members Make it Possible!

Thank you for your support of RAC:
Kathy Anderson, John Knox Ranch Allyson Ashmore, Hopewell Camp & Conference Center
Debortah Ausburn, Tylor English Duma LLC
Mark Barnes, Two Way Radios for Camps
Suzanne Bates, Camp Westminster Higgins Lake
Bryson Bechtel
Martin Beck, Paradise Point
Van Beers, Waycross Camp
Adam Bell, Camp Stella Maris
David Berkey, Florida United Methdist Camps
Eric Blumreich, Camp Tekawitha
Tatiana Bohush
June Boutwell, Piligrim Pines
Jim Brasser, Camp Tall Turf

Resource Reviews

Cultivating a Consequential Faith in Adolescents

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By Rev. Dr. Jessicah Duckworth in Leading Ideas, a free online newsletter of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. Shared with permission.

Created for Community: Collaboration and Partnership Stories

Nebraska and Kansas Youth Campers to Assemble 32,000 Health Kits for People in Need

Campers of all ages gathered from throughout Nebraska and Kansas this summer, taking part in an unprecedented partnership. The Created for Community Project, a partnership between Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR), aimed to fill an entire ocean freight container with some 32,000 health kits to be distributed to families living in poverty. More than 1,500 youth joined hearts and hands in assembling the kits.

New Spirituality Research Initiative

RAC has long been active within ACA in promoting outcomes research. In recent years, ACA research has focused on the value of the camp experience in the positive development of young people. The Youth Camp Outcomes Battery currently offers camps measures that focus on ten outcomes common to the camp experience. The statistically-tested questionnaires are camp specific, age-appropriate, easily administered tools that can be individualized to any camp.

RAC Colleagues Share: Because of Camp . . .®

Abundant thanks to all who contributed Because of Camp . . .® stories for this issue. The pieces that follow represent just a smattering of the many lives changed because of camp. May they inspire and encourage you for the transformative camp work you’re doing this season. — Ed.

The Still, Small Voice
Scott Crane

ACA’s 2020 Vision: The Role of Faith-Based Camps

ACA has adopted an audacious goal: Double the number of participants in camp experiences and triple the number of persons using ACA resources to strengthen the quality of camp experiences. And all this in the next ten years — hence the moniker "2020 Vision." The vision translates to 20 million campers and 20,000 participants in ACA by 2020. When we realize that all camps are serving only 20 percent of the eligible population of children, we can see that we have an obligation to share our gift.